At this time, are you facing issues that seem bigger and stronger than you and determined to bring you down? Do those issues resemble Goliath, the giant in the biblical story of David and Goliath? When dealing with your daily adversaries, in your need for inner strength, confidence and inspiration, consider this story of David conquering Goliath in a battle in ancient Israel.
David went into battle with Goliath carrying a peculiar ammunition: five smooth stones taken from a brook, and a sling, but besides the stones and sling, and David’s strength and skill, he had access to a more potent weapon, namely, confidence in himself. However, there was a strong foundation for David’s confidence.
David’s strength and skill were dependent on the promise of the Lord of hosts to fight Israel’s battles with the surrounding nations. Knowing God’s promise, David relied on the Lord as his Source to overcome the enemy.
It was common knowledge to the ancient Israelites (and should be the same for us) that the Lord of hosts would fight for His people, so when David confronted Goliath, someone much bigger and seemingly stronger than he, he went, not in his own name or strength but in that of the Lord’s: a power higher than himself, and yielded up the entire battle with Goliath to Him.
David’s conviction was a known fact and his victory was assured. A strong confidence is built on knowledge, not merely on hope or mental assent to something we hear about.
Confidence built only on hope tends to be weak and its effects can be disappointing, but when we stake a claim on the promises, will and power of God, it builds in us a deep assurance that He will fulfill our needs, fight our battles and satisfy our desires as promised.
Like David, we are all in warfare of some kind and we can learn from his attitude in his battle with Goliath. The Scriptures tell us that “we are more than conquerors and our weapons in warfare are not earthy but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.” We can gain strength and spiritual skill by being in tune with the Lord of hosts and living out of an inner quietness and confidence in Him.
Develop an inner quietness and confidence in the name of the Lord of hosts for winning your battles. Isaiah, the prophet wrote: “In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” According to the degree of your inner, quiet determination for victory and confidence in the Lord, you will have strength and confidence in yourself to face all the goliath-like issues you encounter.
Your inner quietness and confidence will grow by knowing the Lord of hosts as your Conqueror, and knowing that in Him you live and move and have your being. This can only become an actuality by living in tune with His Spirit, like David did–in covenant-relationship with Him.
Confidence is a necessary fuel for our sense of well-being and positive progress in this life and we can, and ought to build it.
Build yourself a strong confidence by nurturing the thought that the Lord is on your side and will fight your battles for you. Develop a deep inner knowing that things will turn out right for you, regardless of whatever difficulties are in the way. It is a way of living that does not harbor fear of what lies ahead but is a vehicle to take us through our experiences from good, through better and on to the best!
Meditate on the promises of God and accept them as truth, and feed your inward being by confessing those promises. Speak the truth and power of God over your entire life, then live with the full conviction that “all things work together for good to them that love God” and go forward. Weakness will turn into strength and infirmity into skill.
Let your confidence be that “you can…” however, build your confidence, like David, only out of a covenant relationship with the Lord of hosts for your victory.
SPEAK THE WORD: “I thank you, Lord, some trust in horses and some trust in chariots but I trust in the power of your name. Amen.”
May the Lord richly bless you with His peace, love and prosperity.